Monday, February 8, 2010
London Service for Autism Sunday: Remembering 60 million people with autism
At All Saint's Church, Inman's Row, Woodford Wells, IG8 0NH - in the London Borough of Redbridge. The service at All Saint's Church will remember over 60 million people with autism around the globe.
Autism Sunday is the brainchild of British parents and carers Ivan and Charika Corea who have a 14 year old teenager with autism, Charin Corea. They launched Autism Sunday - the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in 2002 Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. They also initiated Autism Awareness Year, supported by 800 British organisations. It was the first ever occasion of partnership working on autism on such a large scale.
What started as a small acorn of an idea hatched in their front room in 2002 has turned into a massive worldwide event - Autism Sunday is now the first major disability event of the year, observed by many nations. They launched the Autism Awareness Campaign UK in 2000 and set up a new autism charity for a new generation, the UK Autism Foundation in 2008 - they are urging support to build a state of the art Autism Centre in London, an autism school and initiatives to help the poor.
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has supported Autism Sunday 2010, he sent his warm personal wishes to mark Autism Sunday 2010. Britain's Prime Minister has sent his good wishes for an enjoyable and successful occasion. His wife, Sarah Brown also sent her best wishes for the event so has Her Royal Highness, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
David Cameron, Leader of Her Majesty's Government has also thrown his weight behind Autism Sunday. Mr. Cameron said: 'I would like to express my support for Autism Sunday. As many as one in a hundred people could be affected by some form of autism, and it is important that we recognise and raise awareness of the difficulties and challenges that they can face.' David Cameron sent a message wishing a successful event for Autism Sunday 2010.
Cheryl Gillan MP, the architect of the 2009 Autism Bill in the United Kingdom, wrote to Ivan Corea supporting Autism Sunday. Cheryl Gillan said: 'I am sure that this event will be a great success and will provide a great support to many people. I would like to send my very best wishes.'
Dawn Primarolo, Minister of State for Children and Young People at the Department for Children, Schools & Families has sent her best wishes for an enjoyable event.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopes that the event is a great success and enjoyed by all. The Baroness Sandip Verma of the House of Lords in the Palace of Westminster, who is the Shadow Minister for Children, Schools and Families and also the opposition whip Universities,Innovation and Skills has sent her best wishes for Autism Sunday.
Ivan Corea, Co-Founder of Autism Sunday said: 'I urge autism campaigners around the world to use Autism Sunday as a platform to lobby hard on the serious education and health issues connected with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Autism Sunday is now a massive worldwide event and it is an opportunity - to press for genuine and lasting change - for parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. I am urging people all over the world to write to world leaders asking them to do more for autism and Asperger's Syndrome and provide better public services in education, health, specialist speech therapy and respite care. '
He added that the recession has hurt families and people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Many are below the poverty line and need urgent help and support.
Janice Cox from Western Massachusett, a mother of a young boy with autism from the United States, has released a series of films on youtube to mark Autism Sunday 2010. She was also interviewed on prime time US Television on her autism poetry and Autism Sunday.
To view the Janice Cox Film 'Thing called Autism' on youtube click here
For further information on Autism Sunday:
To support the work of the UK Autism Foundation who are campaigning on behalf of poor families with autism and Asperger's Syndrome:
UK Autism Foundation
Woodford Business Centre
113-115 George Lane
London E18 1AB
Telephone: 020 8989 4810
Fax: 020 8989 5164
Charity Registration Number: 1124511